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Wed Apr 16 15:51:55 SAST 2014

Spain set record of fewest goals for Cup winners

Reuters | 12 July, 2010 00:550 Comments

Spain’s 1-0 extra time victory over Netherlands in the World Cup final on Sunday left them with a probably unwanted record of the fewest goals ever scored by the winners of the tournament.

Spain scored just eight goals in their seven games in South Africa, three less than the previous record low of 11 — shared by Italy in 1938 (four games), England in 1966 (six games) and Brazil in 1994 (seven games).

Spain lost their opening Group H game to Switzerland 1-0, beat Honduras 2-0 and Chile 2-1 in their other group games, and then achieved 1-0 victories in the knockout rounds against Portugal, Paraguay, Germany and Netherlands.

Spain also became the first team to win the World Cup after losing their opening match.

The tournament was first held in 1930 and has been contested 19 times now.

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